On the evening of November 6, 2019, Adam “Brian” Smith left this earthly world and passed onto Jesus in Heaven after a long battle with cancer.
He was born in Miami, Oklahoma on June 29, 1965, the son of Andrew T. and Carol F. Smith and grew up in Commerce, OK. He attended Southeast Baptist Church and Commerce Public Schools where he was an active member of the Drama Club, Marching and Jazz Bands where he earned several top honors and prestigious awards for his outstanding musicianship and academia. After graduation in 1982, Brian continued his education and music at Northeastern A & M College in Miami, Oklahoma where he was the drum major for three years and was active in the Baptist Student Union where he served as a student missionary. After obtaining his Associates Degree, he earned a music scholarship from Tulsa University where he received his Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Music Education. Brian became the band director at Northeastern A & M College, Western Heights in Oklahoma City, OK, Okmulgee, OK, and Idabel, OK. He finished his teaching and coaching career at Hillcrest High School in Dallas, Texas, where he earned Teacher of the Year in 2010 going onto win several band competitions and assisted students and student-athletes opportunities for higher education. As a PSSA active member and was instrumental in multiple charity events and won several softball championships.
Brian had a strong faith and was active in the church orchestra at Park Cities Baptist Church and was a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, both in Dallas, Texas.
He was proceeded in death by his maternal grandparents, Andrew and Ruby Eddings of Commerce, Oklahoma, and paternal grandparents, Andrew and Beatrice Smith of Quapaw, Oklahoma. Two maternal uncles, Carl and Burt Eddings of Commerce, Oklahoma; one paternal aunt, Betty Lewis of Quapaw, Oklahoma and one paternal uncle, Michael Smith of Defiance, Ohio.
He is survived by his three children, Adam Chaswell Smith, Caitlyn Christine Smith and Cameron Andrew Smith, all of Dallas, Texas, his parents, Andrew and Carol Smith of Miami, Oklahoma, one sister and husband, Christi and Cortney Griffith of Stillwater, Oklahoma, One niece, Courtnei Young of Broken Arrow, and one nephew and his wife, Cole and Alexa Young. Seven aunts and uncles and 10 cousins.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life at Miami First Baptist Church, 24 S. Street SW, Miami, OK on Sunday, November 24 at 2 p.m. in Miami, Oklahoma. I lieu of flowers, the family requests of behalf of Brian, to please donate to the A. Brian Smith Scholarship Fund at the First State Bank in Commerce, Oklahoma.
The family would like to thank those from the Hillcrest High School Band Booster Club, Hillcrest High School Softball Booster Club, Hillcrest Public Schools administration, faculty and staff, T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital, Heart 2 Heart Hospice, friends and extended family for the love and support they showed Brian and the family during his battle.